We would like to introduce you to the people whose hard work and commitment ensures that Children in Hospital Ireland continues to make hospital a happier place for children.

Anna Gunning
Chief Executive Officer

I started with the organisation in 2017 having worked in the related areas of children and youth for over 30 years. I worked with the National Youth Council of Ireland to develop, implement and manage programmes and policy relating to the provision of youth work in Ireland. I worked as a freelance consultant for many years and supported organisations in programme and strategy development relating to children and young people. I also worked with Youth Advocate Programmes Ireland and managed their programmes for young people who needed additional support.
My role in Children in Hospital Ireland is to work under the direction of the Board to implement our strategic plan and to develop services and actions which promote the welfare of all children in hospital and their families. I am privileged to lead this exciting organisation with an amazing team of volunteers and staff and our partners in the children’s health area.

Elizabeth Morrin
Volunteer Manager

I joined Children in Hospital Ireland in September 2017 having discovered a passion for working with and supporting volunteers in my previous role at Dublin based non-profit Solas Project. I am originally from New York and am so happy to call Ireland home. I have a Masters in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin, where I focused on children’s rights. Children in Hospital Ireland allows me to work closely with people and to support a charity driven by the rights of children and the real needs of families. The best part of my work however is meeting each of our unique and incredible volunteers.

Marijka Walsh
Volunteer Co-ordinator

I am delighted to have joined the Children in Hospital Team (CIH) as a Volunteer Coordinator (September 2022).

My professional life has primarily focused on supporting children and parents to achieve their potential and the outcomes they desire. Working with Barnardos, Stewarts Hospital and Cerebral Palsy Ireland (now Enable Ireland) has taught me that when needed, a little support can make a situation less challenging and create some positive memories. Working with CIH gives me the opportunity to work with volunteers who support children and families in a hospital setting.

I hold Diplomas in Montessori Teaching, Business & Life Coaching, Parent Coaching, and Train the Trainers, all of which I will draw on in supporting CHI’s wonderful volunteers as they bring some smiles and fun into the lives of the children and families they come in contact with.

Helen Jones
Project Officer

I joined in Children in Hospital Ireland (CIH) in July 2022. I am the Project Officer for the Family Resource Hub Project. 

Julia Dressler 

Office Administrator

I started with the organisation in 2018 and I am delighted to be part of the team. I hold a Social worker degree and have a background in elderly care services and have experience working with lovely children with special needs and disabilities. Having worked for many years as an Administrator for different businesses, I’m keen to bring my expertise and support our team, Board members and the amazing volunteers of Children in Hospital Ireland. In my free time I do yoga, Pilates and walk in the nature with my family and I regularly organise dance or mindfulness events for families with babies and young children.

Making hospital a happier place for children through play and advocacy